My Book List During a Season of Pivoting

November 26, 2018

It’s been about three months since I quit my stable 9-5 engineering job to pursue the unknown of entrepreneurship.  In these last few months I dove into reading (or listening) to the experts on all the things mindset, success and taking big leaps.

It’s not until I started this blog post that I realized how much I’ve been able to read and how it’s become apart of daily habits.  It’s also pretty incredible to look at this list and realize how much these authors have helped shape the changes I’ve made in the last three months of my pivot journey.  I’m grateful for the ability to learn from other people’s experience and I look forward to adding more and more books to this list.

What I’ve read:

Renegades Write the Rules by Amy Jo Martin

I can’t recommend this enough.  My frentor Amy Jo Martin wrote a NY Times best seller, so naturally I listened to this book before I met her for the first time and repeated back her own words to her, like a weirdo.  It’s such a great read on understanding how you show up online for your audience through digital communication and social media. 

The Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn

Again, from my frentor.  Amy Jo sent this book to me and it’s #allthewoowoo.  I’ve absorbed all the woowoo and then some during this time of pivoting.  A badass renegade of a woman, Florence, wrote this book almost a hundred years ago and it’s life-changing.  She talks about how important mindset is, how we talk about ourselves and our reality and so much of it, nope, all of it, still rings true today.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

I listened to this book through Audible and it’s the modern day self-help book with all the embarrassing stories and cuss words.  Jen Sincero talks about manifesting what you want out of this life, and it was really inspiring to hear from Jen that I can make my own reality – I will make my own reality. 

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

The follow up to You Are a Badass – I think I liked this book even more then her first book.  In it Jen talks about all the weird, dumb, limiting beliefs we have about money and gives tactical ways to overcome those and make as much money as my heart desires.  I’ll be re-reading this a few times. 

Turkey Shack by Dave Synder

OH, the Turkey Shack. I could write a whole blog post on this one and perhaps I will.  During this time of pivoting, I found myself seeking guidance from the spiritual (#allthewoowoo) and quite often at Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary in Lead, South Dakota.  The more I walked through Pathways, the more I feel in love with this spacious and magical piece of property.  Why an ole’ ranch boy would dedicate 80 acres of land to strangers to wander, seek guidance and healing – this book is the answer, and it’s a damn good one. 

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Ever heard of an ULP? Or Upper Limit Problem? Gay Hendricks introduces this silly form of self-sabotage that we put on ourselves when we think we’re reaching that artificial limit we put on our success.  I’ve had a lot of ULP’s lately, for obvious reasons, and this book helped me get to the root that so I can move on and expand into abundance, success and love. 

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

This book has been key during my pivoting journey.  As someone who use to do all the things, I recognize that I’m a recovering workaholic. Essentialism helped me see that the way to do what I’m truly meant to be doing, is by doing less. Doing only what is essentialism for me in my journey.  This book also introduced my favorite new word that perfectly describes this period of pivots: metanoia, the Greek term describing a transformation of the heart.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Holy.  This is a BIG read.  I’m listening to it now, 8hrs worth of just good lessons.  I wish I would have listened to this years ago, it’s a bit old school but the lessons are invaluable and exactly what I need to hear as I break out of feeling small into this new expansion of thinking bigger about what I can and will achieve.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I mean.  Of course this was on the list.  I listened to this one I loved the stories Rachel told about her journey of getting up over and over fighting for her dream and the hardships that could have stopped her along the way if she let them.

What I’m currently reading:

iX Leadership by Dr. Rachel MK Headley & Meg Manke

I interviewed Rachel and Meg and love hearing about their passion behind this book.  It’s such a unique way to look at leadership and culture in relation to how people approach and react to change – um, hi.  Change is my normal right now.

The Third Door by Alex Banayan

I heard Alex Banayan on the Why Not Now? podcast a few months ago and I’m so excited to finally be reading this.  He talks about his journey of interviewing some of the most successful people in the world and it’s incredibly inspiring and relatable.  

What’s on my list to read:

The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

The Hard Things about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Law of Attraction by Ester and Jerry Hicks

How to Live 365 Days a Year by John A. Schindler

The Untethered Soul by Micheal Singer

The Surrender Experiment by Micheal Singer

The Spark and the Grind by Erik Wahl

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Principles by Ray Dalio

Notorious RBF: The Life and time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman

Opening to Channel by Sanaya Roman and Duane Parker

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl


What other books have helped you through times of transition in your life? I would love to add to my list!

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